The holiday season has arrived and along with it the traffic jams along Metro Manila roads. To mitigate this problem, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and mall operators have agreed to an 11-to-11 scheme.

In this scheme, which will be in effect starting November 14, 2022, and will last until January 6, 2023, will have malls operate between 11:00 in the morning until 11:00 in the evening.

MMDA acting chairman, Atty. Romando Artes said the agency requested mall operators to adjust their mall hours to alleviate expected heavier traffic jams during the Holiday Season.

“Starting November 14, malls in NCR will operate from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM instead of their usual operating hours. We have to implement remedial measures to reduce traffic congestion,” said Artes.

“Mall wide sales will be only allowed during weekends. Also, deliveries will be during 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM only. Exempted from the regulation are deliveries of perishable goods, restaurants serving breakfast, and groceries.”

Artes also added that shopping mall operators are directed to submit their respective traffic management plans, and indicate their mall sales and promotional events two weeks before the scheduled of such events.

“We will make a further study on their traffic management plan. We will deploy [the] necessary number of traffic enforcers to man the traffic,” he stressed.

Additionally, the MMDA announced the temporary suspension of all excavation activities in Metro Manila’s national roads effective midnight of November 14, 2022, up to midnight of January 6, 2023. This includes road reblocking works, pipe laying, road upgrading, and all other excavation works.